DWCA Day Event Guest

The DWCA Day Event on Sunday 7 May at Burwood will feature special guest Jonathan Blum!

After starting his writing career by scripting (and starring in) Docto Who fan productions like Time Rift, Jon Blum has gone on to co-author such beloved Doctor Who books as Vampire Science (BBC Books, 1997), Seeing I (BBC Books, 1998) and Unnatural History (BBC Books, 1999), and the novella Fallen Gods (Telos Publishing, 2003 – which won the Aurealis Award for Best Australian Science Fiction Novel), all co-written with his wife Kate Orman. He also provided various story and scene inputs into Orman’s solo novels Return of the Living Dad (Virgin Books, 1996), The Room with No Doors (Virgin Books, 1997), The Year of Intelligent Tigers (BBC Books, 2001) and Blue Box (BBC Books, 2003).

Blum’s solo works include the short story Model Train Set (BBC Short Trips, 1998), audio The Fearmonger (Big Finish, 2000), as well as short stories for Big Finish’s short story collections, for the Doctor Who, Bernice Summerfield and Iris Wildthyme ranges. He wrote the initial drafts for the audio Zygon (BBV, 2007). With Rupert Booth he co-wrote The Prisoners Dilemma (2005), based on Patrick McGoohan’s series The Prisoner. He also co-wrote the Blake’s 7 novel Mediasphere (Big Finish, 2015), with Kate Orman. He has even written for DWCA publication Data Extract! Currently he is working on a writing project for Candy Jar Books.

He will talk about all things writing at his DWCA Day Event appearance, so make sure you come along!

Review: Sirens of Audio present Janet Fielding 2023

For those unaware, the Sirens of Audio is a podcast focused on the huge amount of audio dramas that have expanded the universe of Doctor Who during the 21st century. Although unaffiliated with the Doctor Who Club of Australia, it is run by two former members of its executive committee who have been able to leverage that time at the coal face to build a rapport with the stars of the series, whom the cornucopia of audio dramas continue to bring into our lives.

I wax nostalgic because their initial event, featuring Australia’s own Janet Fielding — aka Tegan Jovanka, primary companion of the 5th Doctor — was a welcome return to the intimacy of fan events in the 80s and 90s rather than the corporate meat grinder such things have evolved into. There’s something magic about a community space intended for a couple of hundred where the people on stage can recognise and meaningfully interact with the audience. A magic that is muted in the sort of auditoriums you have at modern mega-cons, built for so many more and where the individual can so easily be lost.

Philip and Dwayne hosted the day with the easy banter you’d expect of long time co-hosts, warming the eager crowd for Janet’s initial appearance. While Tegan is often celebrated as a brash “mouth on legs”, the woman who brings her to life is altogether a much warmer and ingratiating presence, speaking to a career on both sides of the curtain as actor, agent, and advocate.

While I love the expansiveness of allowed to modern fandom by the digital realm, talking with anyone and everyone, watching a video from a convention in another time and place we could never get to, being there at the time remains an essential experience. Even though the anecdotes and reminiscences can be familiar to some of us if we’ve been at an event with Janet before or read interviews with her, what does that matter when we’ll endlessly re-consume favourite episodes or books? The joy is in being part of the telling with other people, in seeing new fans being swept up in hearing the stories for the first time, in remembering when it was our first time touching the glamour of our favourite series.

Without a doubt the best part of the event for the cost of admission was the Q&A session. We might groan at a question we’ve heard before, and Janet might take someone to task, but there’s no cruelty or meanness there; the teasing is affectionate. She knows it’s always going to be someone’s first time asking something that’s burned in them for years or feeling the need to grab for something in the glare of the spotlight that is Janet’s shrewd and experienced focus. Questions showing you paid attention to what she talked to the audience about earlier, or invite her to engage outside the narrow focus of being just an actor on Doctor Who are rewarded with insightful and thoughtful answers.

Sadly, the days when gathering mementoes of our brushes with the famous and the fabulous were free or included in the door charge are long gone. Bringing guests in from overseas and finding somewhere to hold the event all cost money, and keeping the door charge down means its photos and autographs that compensate the guests for the time they’re spending with us. No one can honestly say that such ephemera is cheap, but the prices being asked at these events are affordable and probably less than you’d find yourself forking out at a mega con. More importantly, the more boutique nature of the gathering means you have the chance for a chat with Janet, and she gets a chance to be a person rather than a glorified rubber stamp on a production line.

Janet has two more stops on her trip: Hobart on April 15, and then finally her home town of Brisbane the following week on April 23. Given the chance to see Doctor Who guests in Australia, let alone major stars, is fairly rare this is an opportunity I would strongly recommend Australian fans to grab. Especially locals of the Apple Isle, who generally have miss out due to the exrta complication of having to foot the cost of travelling to the mainland for occasions such as these.

(Sirens of Audio will be hosting a similar event to this with Sophie Aldred, exclusively in Sydney, on May 13).

Events Events Events

It’s 2023 and fans worldwide are all set to celebrate 60 years of Doctor Who all year long! Here in Australia there are plenty of ways to get together with fellow fans and mark the 60th anniversary year. Here are a list of upcoming events that you may want to attend!

? ACT   ? NSW   ? NT   ? QLD   ? SA   ? TAS   ? VIC   ? WA

  • 1 April 2023 – Sirens of Audio present Janet Fielding Down Under , Sydney
  • 15 April 2023 – Sirens of Audio present Janet Fielding Down Under hosted by Rove McManus, Hobart, Tasmania
  • 15-16 April 2023 – Swancon 47, The West Australian Science Fiction convention in Perth, WA
  • 15-16 April 2023 – Supanova Gold Coast
  • 22-23 April 2023 – Supanova Melbourne
  • 23 April 2023 – Sirens of Audio present Janet Fielding Down Under , Brisbane, QLD
  • 28 April 2023 – DWCA Central West Local Group, Kelso Hotel, 37 Sydney Road, Bathurst, NSW
  • 29 April 2023 – DWCA Darwin Local Group meeting – Daleks in Darwin – Palmerston Library, Palmerston, NT
  • 30 April 2023 – DWCA Canberra Local Group meeting – Woden Library, Woden, ACT
  • 7 May 2023 – DWCA Sydney Day Event at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
  • 13 May 2023 – Sirens of Audio, Sophie Aldred Live in Sydney, Parramatta, NSW
  • 21 May 2023 – DWCA Brisbane Local Group meeting – Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane, QLD
  • 17-18 June 2023 – Supanova Sydney
  • 24-25 June 2023 – Supanova Perth
  • 25 June 2023 – DWCA Canberra Local Group meeting – Woden Library, Woden, ACT
  • 30 June 2023 – DWCA Central West Local Group, Kelso Hotel, 37 Sydney Road, Bathurst, NSW
  • 8 July 2023 – DWCA Sydney Trivia Night at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
  • 23 July 2023 – DWCA Brisbane Local Group meeting – Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane, QLD
  • 20 August 2023 – DWCA Sydney Day Event & AGM at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
  • 25 August 2023 – DWCA Central West Local Group, Kelso Hotel, 37 Sydney Road, Bathurst, NSW
  • 17 September 2023 – DWCA Brisbane Local Group meeting – Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane, QLD
  • 29 September – 2 October 2023 – The 2023 Australian National Science Fiction event, Conflux 22, Canberra, ACT
  • 8 October 2023 – DWCA Sydney Day Event at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
  • 27 October 2023 – DWCA Central West Local Group, Kelso Hotel, 37 Sydney Road, Bathurst, NSW
  • 4-5 November 2023 – Supanova Adelaide
  • 11-12 November 2023 – Supanova Brisbane
  • 19 November 2023 – DWCA Brisbane Local Group meeting – Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane, QLD
  • 10 December 2023 – DWCA Sydney Day Event at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
General SF Events
There are also some general Science Fiction events in NSW happening regularly you might want to join…The Concord Library SF&F Book Club meets on the first Monday of the Month, (from Feb to Dec.) from 2 to 3.30 pm, at the library at 60 Flavelle St. (the no. 410 bus stops just outside.), SF and Fantasy books are discussed.The Surry Hills Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club meets at a Café, 1 Burton St. (off Oxford St.) on the fourth Sunday of the month, 11 am to 12.30, for Brunch and a discussion of the month’s SF&F book choiceThe Hornsby Berkelouw’s SF&F Book Club, Shop B30-33, Level 3, Westfield Hornsby, 236 Pacific HWY, Hornsby, meets after 6.30 pm on Second Thursday of the month, in the Bookshop’s Café, phone 9987-2393 for details.

Push the Big Blue Button again for DWCA 2022 AGM

DATE: Sunday 21 August 2022
TIME: 4pm
VENUE: 2nd Floor Club Burwood, 97 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW
AGENDA: President’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; and Election of Office Bearers.

Once again we’ll be offering people an online attendance option conferencing software Big Blue Button, which has a neat built-in poll function for taking votes. An email with the invite code will be sent out to members the day before (Saturday August 20).

Any candidate standing for election as an Office Bearer (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer) must be a current DWCA member who has held membership for a minimum period of five years, including at least one year immediately prior to the election. Additionally, they should be able to attend regular committee meetings held in Sydney and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the club.

To nominate for an Office Bearer position, download the form below and fill in the following information:

  • the name of the nominee;
  • the address of the nominee;
  • the Club member number of the nominee;
  • a statement that the member wishes to nominate for a specific Office Bearer position (a person can only nominate for one position in any election);
  • the signature of the nominee;
  • the date of the nomination; and
  • the signature and the Club member numbers of two members endorsing the nomination.

The form must be submitted to the following address by 27 July:

The Returning Officer DWCA
PO Box 870
NSW 1710

Eligible nominees will be notified by the Returning Officer once nominations are closed and invited to submit a statement to be provided to members in support of their nomination.

Nomination Form


The Game of Rassilon returns for 2019

How many limbs does a Racnoss have? Who was the Guardian of the Solar System who betrayed it to the Daleks in the 41st century? Why does the Fifth Doctor wear celery in his frock-coat lapel? How much do YOU know about Doctor Who?

Yes, it’s time again for the DWCA’s annual Trivia Night and Cosplay Competition – The Game of Rassilon. And we’re very excited to announce that the host of this year’s event is actor, comedian, Whovians High Brain and friend of the DWCA, Patrick Magee.

The night will see teams test their knowledge of classic and revived Doctor Who – with the odd question on pop culture and general knowledge just to keep you on your toes – all for the chance to win some fabulous prizes! There will also be a special prize for the best Doctor Who cosplay, so whether you’re a dab hand with a sewing machine or you’re great at raiding op shops, now’s the time to start planning your outfit.

Tickets are available now for just $15 per person, or $75 for a table of six. Tickets will be available at the door for $20, if not sold out.

Date: Saturday 13 July
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Club Burwood, 97 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Cost: $15 per person or $75 for a table of six (max)
$20 per person at the door
Registration: www.dwca.org.au/ticketed-events/

Visit the DWCA at Sydney Supanova 2019

The DWCA is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, being held at Sydney Showground from 21-23 June.

The DWCA booth will feature a range of merchandise from across the Whoniverse, with DVDs and original audio dramas starring all your favourite characters – including limited edition Blu-ray boxsets featuring select full seasons of the classic era. This is in addition to a huge range of graphic novels, sonic screwdrivers, action figures, Pop! Vinyls, mugs and other collectables.

If you’re more interested in the activities of the club itself, you can sign up or renew your membership at the booth, as well as peruse back issues of the club magazine, Data Extract – and as a Supanova special, all membership purchases will include a bonus talking plush clip-on absolutely free (while stocks last). We’re also on the lookout for fresh faces to join the DWCA committee – including a new merchandise manager – so if you think you’ve got what it takes to help run the club, let us know!

The DWCA booth will be located with other general exhibitors in The Dome, with trade beginning on Friday 21 June at 1pm. Check us out at Booth #1202, circled on the map below.

Writer Robert Smith? joins Royal Flush day event

The DWCA is delighted to announce that writer and editor Robert Smith? (the question mark is silent) will be attending our next day event, to be held on 10 February in Burwood, Sydney.

An academic with a somewhat unhealthy interest in zombies as well as geek culture in general, Robert is perhaps best known these days as the editor of the Outside In series of non-fiction books. Covering Doctor Who, Star Trek and now Buffy, each book features reviews of every single episode of a given programme – with a new reviewer employed for each story. Furthermore, the reviews themselves vary wildly in style, so you truly never know what lies beyond the next page!

More recently, Robert has served as co-writer on the soon-to-be-released Bookwyrm series. The first volume in the series acts as a guide to all 61 New Adventures novels, which continued the Seventh Doctor’s journey after the untimely end of the television series. The book offers trivia, thematic discussions, plot holes, continuity notes, reviews and much more in a cheerful and entertaining style, making it accessible to newcomers that never read the NAs and equally informative to those who can tell you fifteen unknown facts about Paul Cornell.

We look forward to meeting Robert and hearing all about his latest work. There will also be limited copies of some of his books available for purchase and autographing on the day.

It’s sure to be an exciting event, so make sure you secure your spot by pre-purchasing your entry today.

Look Who’s Talking… about Ice Warriors!

In celebration of Doctor Who’s 55th anniversary, the DWCA is delighted to announce that our final day event of 2018 will feature a special guest – actress Louise Pajo, who starred in Second Doctor serial The Seeds of Death almost 50 years ago!

Graduating from RADA in the mid-60s, Louise Pajo appeared in classic UK shows such as The Avengers and UFO in addition to Doctor Who. In The Seeds of Death she played Gia Kelly, manager of T-Mat Earth Control, who found herself facing the fearsome Ice Warriors in their second TV appearance.

After emigrating to Australia, Louise appeared in top Aussie shows of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, including Prisoner: Cell Block H, The Flying Doctors, A Country Practice, Cop Shop and Carson’s Law. We look forward to talking to her about her experiences making television in different decades and countries!

There will also be trivia on the day as we hold a Doctor Who edition of The Chase, the quiz show hosted in the UK by none other than Bradley Walsh (Thirteenth Doctor companion Graham O’Brien). Participants will be invited to correctly anwer a series of questions while facing off against a rival “chaser” – and we are very pleased to announce that our chaser on the day will be comedian and Whovians researcher, Pat Magee.

Finally, get excited for our anniversary auction, giving you the chance to pick up rare, out-of-print and signed merchandise including books, audio dramas, DVD box sets, prints and more. If you have something you’d like us to auction off on your behalf, get in touch with us at events@doctorwhoaustralia.org – we’d be happy to consider it.

We hope you join us as we see out 2018 in style!